Quirky names, labels and squat bottles that may upset some (I cellar off site, so it’s of no issue to me), but it all seems to fit the Sami Odi package. Winemaker Fraser McKinley draws on the natural wine movement, organic practices and the lunar cycle to produce these wines. And very individual wines they are.
This one is sourced from a “slither-like section” of a 2.12 hectare block planted in 1912, with grapes entirely de-stemmed before receiving elevage in one new burgundian piece and a small glass vat. Apart from a minimal dose of sulphur at bottling, no additions or adjustments are made.
The ensuing wine is seriously intense, with a riotous nose of fresh blackberries, tar and espresso. Some undefined stone fruit characters add a further exotic lift. It’s supple but bright in the mouth, with a wicked steak of minerality coursing through its veins. Blueberries and fennel trail the black fruit with nutmeg, cloves and pepper to come. There’s enormous thrust and drive through the finish and the tannins, whilst assertive, are in balance with the fruit and just as impressive as the natural juicy acidity.
The wine stood up beautifully over three days, evolving and integrating all the time. It’s freshness allows you to enjoy it now, but the way it’s crafted suggests that time in the cellar is certainly warranted. 388 bottles filled.
Winery Website- http://sami-odi.com/